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    fresh coconut

    louis2
    Fri Dec 14, 2001 4:41 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    What's a good way to separate the coconut meat from its shell?
    Kim Ong
    Fri Dec 14, 2001 8:14 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Are you talking about young coconuts or the ripe ones?

    For young coconuts, I always use a tablespoon with a thin edge to scrape out the flesh and I don't have any trouble doing that.

    For the ripe ones, I always have trouble with that too.
    What I usually do is to hold the coconut with one hand and remove the layer covering the flesh with another hand via a sharp chopping knife.

    Sorry, really can't help you with any better ideas.
    Lennie
    Fri Dec 14, 2001 9:21 pm
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    Well, I can't vouch for this technique because I've never tried it myself, but I have been told to use a sharp vegetable peeler, and peel the skin/covering away from the coconut meat.

    Let me know if this works!
    Karen From Colorado
    Sat Dec 15, 2001 11:43 am
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    I seen Martha Stewart do it one time on television and she knows EVERYTHING! She used a small hammer to tap the outside all around the shell before breaking it open. When she opened it, the coconut all fell out almost whole.
    Anu
    Sat Dec 15, 2001 3:32 pm
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    Here's my two cents worth... Since coconut meat is used so extensively in Indian cooking, we have really handy tools here to remove the meat from mature coconuts. One of them is this wooden plank to the end of which is a circular blade with a serrated edge.
    You're supposed to cover the blade with one half of a halved coconut with both hands and scrape the meat off by moving the coconut over the blade, instead of the other way round! I really don't think you get this tool anywhere else but here, but you just might find one in an Indian store. Good luck! icon_smile.gif
    louis2
    Sat Dec 15, 2001 6:53 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks for the suggestions. Most involved scraping the meat from the shell. One suggestion was tapping the shell all around with a hamnmer to loosen the meat. I've also heard that heating the coconut in the oven prior to the hammer taps helps it along.

    Louis
    louis2
    Sat Dec 15, 2001 6:53 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks for the suggestions. Most involved scraping the meat from the shell. One suggestion was tapping the shell all around with a hamnmer to loosen the meat. I've also heard that heating the coconut in the oven prior to the hammer taps helps it along.

    Louis
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